National Herald Case : Sonia and Rahul gets bail

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015,15:07 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul gets bail. Swamy’s plea for conditions to restrict the accused for travel abroad got rejected. No conditions have been imposed for bail except for furnishing of surety. Complainant Subramanian Swamy opposes bail for Sonia, Rahul and others. The accused sought bail and got it. No exemption from appearance sought. Sam Pitroda, another accused, exempted from appearance on medical grounds.

Amidst media hype and hoopla and tight security, Sonia and Rahul and three other accused Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen in the Patiala House courts complex in the heart of the capital in pursuance of the summons issued to them on Dec 8.

The case is based on a private criminal complaint lodged by Swamy against them of cheating, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust. The accused are reputed persons having deep political grassroots and there is no apprehension that they will flee, the Magistrate noted while granting them bail on furnishing personal bond of Rs.50,000 each and one surety. He posted the case for further hearing at 2 PM on February 20, next year

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stood surety for Sonia, while Priyanka Vadra gave surety for her brother Rahul. A K Antony stood surety for Fernandes and Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ajay Maken for the other accused. Sam Pitroda, yet another accused, was granted exemption from personal appearance today on medical grounds. In his reaction, Swamy said all their claims that they would not seek bail proved false. They said they will not take bail. What happened now, he told reporters.